R's fall to slender defeat in the German capital
RANGERS’ pre-season weekend in Germany ended in a narrow defeat, as Union Berlin ran out 2-1 winners at Stadion An der Alten Försterei this evening (Monday).
Goals by Damir Kreilach (19th minute) and substitute Philipp Hosiner (penalty, 75) settled this friendly in the German capital, which was a rearranged affair due to Saturday’s postponement following a waterlogged pitch.
But the R’s far from disgraced themselves – and boss Ian Holloway, who saw Matt Smith draw his side level in the 48th minute, will no doubt be boosted by what was an improved display.
QPR’s James Perch was forced into a goal-line clearance in only the second minute, but the match was a relatively-even affair throughout.
Conor Washington saw his seventh-minute blast beaten away by the home goalkeeper, before Union replied when Marcel Hartel’s cushioned volley crept just over eight minutes later.
At the other end, Smith headed a hanging Perch cross wide in the 17th minute.
The hosts then edged in front. Kreilach's initial header was parried by Alex Smithies, before the same man hammered in the rebound.
Thereafter, chances continued to flow and, in the 32nd minute, Smith again went close with a header. Union’s Felix Kroos then saw his free-kick deflect only inches over, before Ariel Borysiuk – who impressed for the R’s tonight – had his thunderbolt beaten away.
Rangers started the second half strongly and, after Jamie Mackie’s blast was repelled by ‘keeper Jakob Busk in the 46th minute, Smith eventually got his name on the scoresheet. He headed home Yeni Ngbakoto’s expert cross.
A deserved leveller but Union so nearly regained their lead 11 minutes later – Kreilach seeing his effort strike the post before trickling wide.
Smith’s prodded attempt in the 70th minute was held well by Busk, before the home side settled the tie with a penalty, 15 minutes from time.
Perch was penalised for a high foot in the box, paving the way for Hosiner to decide matters from 12 yards.
Ultimately, a defeat for the Hoops – but reasons to be positive as Holloway and his charges head back to London.
QPR: Smithies, Bidwell, Borysiuk, Onuoha, Lynch, Washington (Goss 88), Scowen (Luongo 72), Mackie, Smith, Ngbakoto (Eze 77), Perch (Kakay 80).
Subs not used: Ingram, Manning, Phillips, Wszolek.